Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Forthcoming Conferences

The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015

The Society of Early Americanists Ninth Biennial Conference will be held jointly with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015. Please see the CFP here.

For more details and information about the conference, please visit the conference website: http://oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/annual/cfp/index.cfm



Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference, “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” London, July 17-19, 2014

The SEA Special Topics Conference, “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” July 17-19, 2014, will take place at Kingston University, London. Program Co-Chairs, Kristina Bross (Purdue University) and Laura Stevens (University of Tulsa). Please see Program here.

For more information about Registration, Accommodations, and a drafted Program, please visit the SEA 2014 Conference website: here.

Please send any questions to: sea14london@gmail.com Thank you! 

 





American Literature Association’s 25th annual conference, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014

The Society of Early Americanists will be sponsoring the following three sessions:
 
Friday, May 23, 2014 8:10 – 9:30 am

Session 7-B: New Directions in Regionalism

Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Duncan Faherty, Queens College & The CUNY Graduate Center

  1. “Many Regions in One Place: Reading Native American Writing as Regional Texts,” Keri Holt, Utah State University
  2. “Shifting Perspectives in the Early Republic: From the Globe to the Section,” Chris Apap, Oakland University
  3. “Medicine, Natural History, and Creole Regionalism in William Byrd II,” Thomas Long, University of Connecticut
  4. “Washington Irving’s Hemispheric Weltanschaunng,” Jordan Wingate, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:40 –2:00 pm

Session 10-E: Crises of Federal Absence

Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Keri Holt, Utah State University

  1. “The Lazaretto Metaphor: Confinement and Resistance in Charles Brockden Brown’s ‘The Man at Home,’ ” Joe Letter, University of Tampa
  2. “Independent Thinking in the Absence of Authority: Reconsidering the Moral Ambiguity in Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn Or, Memoirs of the Year 1793,” Wanlin Li, Ohio State University
  3. “Imagined Overthrow: Synodic Revolution and the American Illuminati Crisis,” Gordon Fraser, University of Connecticut

Friday, May 23, 2014 3:40 – 5:00 pm

Session 12-C: Online in the Old Classroom

Organized by the Society of Early Americanists

Chair: Edward Whitley, Lehigh University

  1. “Teaching T(homas) Paine through Rap Genius: Early American Literature and Collaborative Literacy,” Kacey Tillman, University of Tampa & Jeremy Dean, PhD, RapGenius.com
  2. “ ‘The simple, compact, well join’d scheme’: Creating Multimodal Experiences for Students of Early American Literature Using Webbased Resources,” Jeff Everhart, Longwood University
  3. “The New Leviathan: How I Implemented the AAS’s Periodicals Database in My Traditional American Literature Survey Class, and Lived to Tell the Tale,” Joshua Matthews, Dordt College

Please direct any questions to Professor Duncan Faherty, Society of Early Americanists ALA Conference liaison, 2013-2014, Queens College, Department of English & American Studies: duncan.faherty@qc.cuny.edu.

Thank you! 
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TWO REMINDERS for participants in these SEA Sessions:

  • Each presenter at the ALA needs to register for the conference, which you can do by going to the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference website: http://alaconf.org/annual-conference/
  • The SEA does ask each person on an SEA Sponsored Session to be a current member of our organization. If your paper is accepted and you are not yet an SEA member, we welcome you; please go to the SEA Membership page, here.

Note from the ALA website: “The American Literature Association’s 25th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on May 22-25, 2014 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at abendixen@tamu.edu with specific questions.”


Image Credit: 17th century map of London, By Wencesclas Hollar, others, Atlas van der Hagen, after 1688.[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Updated: 04/07/14